March 13, 2013

0552 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Aiguille du Midi

The Aiguille du Midi (Needle of the South) is a mountain in the Mont Blanc massif in the French Alps, not far from Chamonix, with a height of 3,842m. The Aiguille summit contains a panoramic viewing platform, a café and a gift shop. The Vallée Blanche ski run begins here, and the nearby Cosmiques Refuge is the starting point for one of the routes to the Mont Blanc summit. From the Aiguille another cable car (summer months only), the Vallee Blanche Aerial Tramway crosses the Glacier du Géant to Pointe Helbronner (3,462 m) at the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif. The cable car, the Téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi, was built in 1955 and held the title of the world's highest cable car for about two decades. It still holds the record as the highest vertical ascent cable car in the world, from 1,035 m to 3842 m.

About the stamp
The stamp is too much used Blue Marianne et l'Europe, about which I wrote here.

Aiguille du Midi - Wikipedia
Destination Vallée de Chamonix - Compagnie de Mont Blanc

Sender: Ana
Sent from ? (France), on 16.08.2012
Photo: Mario Colonel

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